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UK needs to better realise value from recovered plastics

Consumers say the material they most want to recycle is plastic packaging. Current data suggests that around 470,000 tonnes of plastic packaging is recovered per year, of which about one quarter is recovered from households. The amount of plastic recovered has grown by around 40% during the past three years, driven by an increase in local authority plastics collection schemes. Nevertheless, at 22%, the recovery rate is lower than that for materials such as paper and glass, reflecting ...